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Interview with Maciej Ceglowski of Pinboard.in

Dan Patterson:

A Podcast Interview with Maciej Ceglowski of Pinboard.in

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Interview with Maciej Ceglowski of Pinboard.in

Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard.in, an “anti-social” bookmarking site. As the social web evolves, some trends mature past the initial commodified service value to become strong cottage industries. A for-pay service inspired by the original del.icio.us, Pinboard.in takes a holistic approach to personal data tracking. The service integrates smoothly with the contemporary web of indie apps, and excels at truly frictionless clickstream cacheing.

Dan talks with Caciej about the vision behind a truly personal, counter-social service.

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Podcast: Ken Segall Keeps it Simple | Win the Room

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Having someone like Ken visit KoPoint is a huge honor, and was a ton of fun.

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Ken Segall Keeps it Simple | Win the Room

Kelly Hadous

Recorded live at KoPoint

Ken Segall Keeps it Simple:  Ken shares how win your room with simplicity.

Bio From KenSegall.com:
My story is a simple one. I’m a writer who worked at ad agencies with high standards, then met a client with absurdly high standards: Steve Jobs. From ‘Think Different’ to iMac and beyond, I found that Steve’s love of simplicity was at the core of Apple’s every success…

Kelly: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work closely with Steve Jobs or name a product so brilliantly that it’s etched forever in the pages of history. Well I was, and that’s why I had to bring my dear friend Ken Segall on WTR radio.

Ken Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs at Apple. Ken is that guy we can thank for coming up with the name iMac, and the rest my friends is naming history. That cute little “i” became the foundation for naming all the other Apple products that followed.

We also chat about marketing ideas, and Ken says just “be yourself” I love it! How many times in a day do we worry and agonize about how we’re perceived, but if we just get out of our own way, then magic starts to happen!

Ken talks to moi at KoPoint, about his behind closed meetings with Steve Jobs and shares some awesome insights on his marketing strategies in Insanely Simple.

Finally, Scoopertino, Ken’s blog about all things sardonic in the unreal apple world is a hoot to say the least, and it always causes quite a stir not only for apple lovers, but the entire produce section.

I just adore Ken and I know you will too!

Share your comments, they’re always appreciated.

- Kelly and WTR team!

Thanks for listening.

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TechCrunch: SumAll Raises $6M For Cloud Connected Analytics Service, Including $500K For Charity To Better The World Through Data

Link: TechCrunch: SumAll Raises $6M For Cloud Connected Analytics Service, Including $500K For Charity To Better The World Through Data

I’m unbelievably proud of the @SumAll team. I’ve seen more than my share of startups rise and raise. SumAll is unique. Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to watch Dane, Korey, Davin build both a great product and a great team. The SumAll product is one of the few data tools that helsp the customer derive an actual dollar value of social traffic. But SumAll’s ‘killer app’ is the Foundation. SumAll cares about people, in addition to data and money. The people of SumAll are willing to do the hard work of establishing an infrastructure that will sustain a long-term entrepreneurial culture. That’s true value.

American Conversation: A Googley DNC

CHARLOTTE — After a long journey from Tampa to Charlotte, co-hosts Dan Patterson and Marc Lizoain are once again safely ensconced among the comforts of the DNC Google lounge. The dynamic duo are joined in this episode by Ester Cross of Talk Radio News, and the conversation begins with an assessment of the Occupy protest that took place on Sunday and a discussion of the state of the DNC itself. The show concludes with the question of what Obama and the Democrats must do to take full advantage of what Dan and Marc think was a huge missed opportunity by the Republicans. KoPoint’s American Conversation: We Grow Stronger, They Get Wronger.

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Politics, The Economy, and Tech Journalism

I have a new tech startup. It’s called Breadlines. It’s a ‘fitness app’ for your mobile home ‘platform.’

Comrades: the United States economy gained a paltry 80 thousand jobs last month. This is down from a sad 125 thousand jobs (give or take) the month prior. To put this in context, in 2008 and 2009 we lost approximately 500 thousand jobs per month. For several months.

And while most Americans struggle to pay the bills, we – the tech press – continue to obsess over which shiny company acquired which trendy startup for for how many billions of dollars. This is shameful.

Tech press leverage the glamour, affluence, and access of tech companies for its own gain. And I get it: “eyeballs” equal ad revenue.  I’m in this business too. I don’t blame media companies for trying to generate traffic and revenue. Highly vertical blogs and podcasts work and make do money. And it’s perceived as dangerous to venture too far outside of a vertical.

Neither do I don’t blame tech companies for raising money or for selling for the highly number possible. This is what industry does, and that’s fine.

The press does have a responsibility to do more than to talk about the next shiny gadget. Yet most tech press seem terrified of discussing the core relationship between the tech business, the economy, and politics. Politics and tech journalism are perceived to be anathema.

But fear does not excuse responsibility. While many tech blogs and news outlets are eager claim the mantle of journalism, most shun responsibilities beyond those to their shareholders or ‘readers’ (read: clickers). And, many most engage in shady traffic-generating tactics.

We live, work, and play in a diverse and connected ecosystem. The economy is a big deal, and we’re throes of a presidential campaign that will utilize technology like no previous cycle. It is now egregiously irresponsible for the tech press to ignore the convergence between policy, technology, and the economy.

Technology is wonderful and empowering. Greater access to information equals a greater society. But the massive scale of tech product adoption and corporate money juxtaposed with job loss and depressed workers is glaringly ironic. And thus far much of the tech press has done a woeful job of covering non-vertical issues.

The press was once viewed as public servants. While never a major profit center, journalism once asked the tough questions of industry leaders and politicians. This is, was, and should remain our responsibility.

There’s nothing at all wrong with ethically making money. But Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest rise as the Eurozone collapses and the US economy sinks. And The Quest for Clicks has justified the media’s focus on the sensational and rewarded other other base and sycophantic behavior.

Much of the tech press performs great commodity reporting, and this is fine. The insideous nature of traffic-driving tactics is reletive, depending on an organization’s culture. Yet the ‘clickbait’ tactics and editorial emphasis on triviality employed by a few of the ethically questionable organizations is starting to creep in to many journalistic institutions.

As the world becomes more reliant on technology we need to foster a culture within tech journalism that encourages inquisitiveness and a willingness to investigate the closeted skeletons of tech leaders. Now – Right now! Today! – we need a responsible tech press that is willing to trade a few clicks for increased social responsibility.

- DHP

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*Google+, A Year (or so) Later*

So right, it’s been a year or so and I have a few quick thoughts about Google+. In that year I’ve loved and hated this product. I care about this product because the Google+ experience is nigh unavoidable and many of their other products (GMail, Drive, Calendar) range from good to great. Google helps me organize much of my personal and professional life.

And while oft criticized I would’t call Google+ a complete failure. I get Google+ as an integrated Google Experience. The Google structured data platform adds information via +1 buttons (and other slices of ‘structured’ code embedded on sites everywhere) to Google’s own ‘open social graph’. When this data is linked to ‘real’ identities (your profile and +1s) this can be both useful and creepy.

But the Google+ user experience, for the most part, is fairly marginal and reeks of bureaucracy.

Google+ makes sense as a place to connect ‘real’ (spam aside) identity to ‘real’ interests at vast scale. And to maybe post something and comment on something. Maybe. The Google+ social network (the plus.google.com site and news feed – the thing you share things to) feels cold, calculated, and poorly-executed.

Google+ plays host to a lot of spam, nearly-spam, and bakn. According to Google my ‘real’ profile has well over a million followers. This is laughable. Scroll through this list and discover that most of these profiles have little to no activity. I have little-to-no ability to vet the veracity of these ‘followers.’  If these followers are not spam, they’re reasonably useless as they rarely interaction and Google+ does not converts (send out a ton of attainable traffic) audience poorly. Open comments could help, but sadly public comments reinforce the ‘spam’ conclusion and rarely yield more than spam. I have my Circles set to ‘friends of friends’ (or whatever Google calls it). This should be my most engaged group of friends, family, and colleagues. Yet the engagement is nil. I get random +1s on content but that helps me not at all.

The follower spam on my public profile became such a problem that I decided to create a new primary private profile. Here I do see a smaller and more relevant flow of auto-posts from ‘news’ accounts. This is mildly interesting. Sometimes a real human comments. There is a loyal and dedicated Google+ community and I’m generally fond of these people. But this is a very limited, a-herm, circle of friends and acquaintances.

(Interstitial Rant: WTF is up with the newly-redesigned justified-left content stream? This makes utterly no sense and severely hampers my ability to comfortably consume content on Google+.)

Google+ as an integrated data-centered experience makes sense. Google doesn’t (and never had to) ‘beat’ Facebook at social, they simply had to be in to social. They’re figuring it out and I’m glad that the product continues to evolve.

I recently spoke with Loren Feldman on a KoPoint Creators podcast about Google+, a year later. Our conclusion that Google+ is simply Google. Google+ is a company-wide integrated data-and-identity product and the expression of the product (the sites you go to and click stuff and search for stuff) can iterate and change with the times.

Yes, Google+ sucks when compared (justly nor not) to Facebook and Twitter. And I’m glad it sucks. A competent Google+ social platform tied to the already-competent data platform is as terrifying proposition. It is my hope that the larger conversation remains on the ramifications and potential blowback of structured data tied to identity and privacy (and lack-thereof).

Anyway, we’ll see where this goes. Just my #twocents.

- DHP

Apple, Foxconn Report Retracted by ‘This American Life’

Link: Apple, Foxconn Report Retracted by ‘This American Life’

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A report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. (AAPL) products has been retracted by the radio program “This American Life,” which said the broadcast contained “errors.”

“We’re retracting that story because we can’t vouch for its truth, and this weekend’s episode of our show will detail the errors in the story,” Ira Glass, host and executive producer of “This American Life,” wrote in a statement.

Glass said the errors came from an excerpt from “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a production by monologist Mike Daisey that was included in the broadcast.

aNewDomain: SXSW 2012: Rain, Crowds and the Banality of the Popular

Link: aNewDomain: SXSW 2012: Rain, Crowds and the Banality of the Popular

Over the past decade, tech culture has gone mainstream into pop culture. The size and influence of the SXSW Interactive conference has grown in concert with the popularity of tech culture. This year that change was painfully evident in Austin…

President Obama to host Google ‘hangout’ today

Link: President Obama to host Google ‘hangout’ today

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What: POTUS on Google+

When: Today, January 30th, at 5:30 EST.

Where: http://goo.gl/48iYH

The White House pledges the president will answer “several of the most popular questions” submitted through YouTube, while some questioners will be invited to participate in a live conversation on Google+ … Google maintains the White House has no role in which questions will be selected. Rather, Google team members will choose the questions from among the most top-rated of those submitted and pledged to ensure there is a balance between several different issue categories. Questions will also come in the form of YouTube videos, live video, and text.

More info on CNN -»